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Jakarta Post

Ministry aims for holistic flood mitigation

  • A.Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 20 2020   /  01:21 am

The massive flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Lebak, Banten at the turn of 2020, which was worsened by landslides that hit some parts of Lebak regency and West Java, has served as a wake-up call that something must be done to prevent disaster.The disasters claimed more than 60 lives and displaced thousands others on the first few days of 2020.The Environment and Forestry Ministry’s secretary-general, Bambang Hendroyono, said that Minister Siti Nurbaya had received direct instructions from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to restore the ecosystem as part of flood mitigation and the ministry wanted to do it holistically.“Rehabilitation, including construction of land and water conservation infrastructure, and law enforcement to curb illegal mining and forestry [are needed], but the most important thing is to restore the environment itself,” Bambang told reporters on Wednesday.The m...